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Mid-Year Retreat this year will be October 29-31 on Halloweekend! 

Ad 2 National Mid-Year Retreat (MYR) is one of two national events hosted annually by Ad 2 National. MYR is an opportunity to learn what's happening at the national level, connect with fellow leaders and peers across the nation, and to exchange ideas/learn best practices for club operations.

The retreat programming is geared toward current Ad 2 leaders (Presidents, local board members, and committee members), though it is open to anyone who is an Ad 2 member. In limited cases, Ad 2 National will invite individuals who are not necessarily Ad 2 members, but are looking to start a club.

MYR is an in-person/virtual event held late October or first weekend in November, and hosted by a local Ad 2 club selected at the Ad 2 National Board of Directors meeting the preceding ADMERICA. 

Details for the 2021 Mid-Year Retreat: ​​

  • Friday 10/29 from 5pm-8pm: Welcome Happy Hour at Tom's Town (cash bar) 

  • Saturday 10/30: Mid-Year Retreat at Signal Theory from 9am-5pm and Ad 2 National Dinner at Lidia's at 7:30pm 

  • There will be a registration fee ($75 + Eventbrite fees for in-person and $35 + Eventbrite fees for virtual).

    • This includes the breakfast/lunch during the Saturday conference and Ad 2 National dinner on Saturday. *Alcoholic beverages are on your own. 

****IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2021: In-person attendees, please be ready to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hrs) before entering the facilities on Saturday. As per city guidelines, masks will be enforced for anything indoors unless you're eating or drinking. Thankfully, there is plenty of space for social distancing. If you need to take a mask break and go outdoors, we get it. 

We will be enforcing and respecting these guidelines as Signal Theory has graciously agreed to host us. We hope to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Speakers include: 

  • Subashini Nadarajah - Executive Global Director of DE&I at VMLY&R

  • Chris Campos - Managing Director at The Corazón Agency

  • Deadra Rahaman (V) - VP Brand Strategy at Huge

  • Becky Brinkerhoff (V) - Copywriter at Wieden + Kennedy PDX

  • Interactive leadership workshop led by Allison Arden, founder of The Elements of Us (workshop sponsor) and AAF National Hall of Achievement alum


FAQs about Ad 2 Mid-Year Retreat: 

  • Who should attend? Any Ad 2 member or potential member/club.

  • How much should we budget? There will be a registration fee for both in-person and virtual attendees. For in-person, the registration includes breakfast and lunch during the Saturday conference and Ad 2 National dinner on Saturday. Clubs need to be able to cover transportation cost, hotel, and other food on Saturday that is outside of the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alcoholic drinks will be on your own (sorry, we don't have quite the budget to cover bar tabs).  

  • What happens at the conference? We will have several panels, small group sessions, and breakout topics to discuss how to better your club and your leadership skills. There will also be an interactive hands-on leadership workshop in the afternoon!

  • Which board members should attend? We recommend Presidents, Vice Presidents and potential future leaders of your club.

  • What if we cannot afford to bring all of these people? Aim to bring at least one representative of your club. A Vice President or incoming Presidential candidate is a good choice. 

  • How to host Mid-Year Retreat? The applications go out in January-February of every year. Applicants must present their case at ADMERICA during the summer where Ad 2 members will vote on the winning city.

If you have more questions about hosting or attending an Ad 2 Mid-Year Retreat, please contact the Vice Chair: vicechair@ad2.org or 2nd Vice Chair: secretary@ad2.org.